Archive for the ‘Surnames’ Category

I have now discovered after reading the update by Chris over at Scottish Genes that there is an advanced search function where you can search for baptisms if you know the names of both parents.  The advanced search is used when you click on the particular county that you are interested in, such as Kilkenny.

I did another search this morning for the children of John Quirke & Catherine Slattery. The number of hits was 5, of which I had already purchased one (which yesterday to view cost me €5.00).  To view the other 4 hits, the cost was discounted to only €12.00, which means it only cost €3.00 per record instead of €5.00.  Pity I didn’t realise this yesterday when I was searching.

One thing though is that I found another child born to John & Catherine Quirk.  I was only aware that they had 4 children, all of whom immigrated to New South Wales during the 1850’s, along with their mother Catherine. The baptism record for ‘Ally Quirke’ shows her baptism to be on the 20th July 1835 at St John’s Well Kilkenny.  I did a quick look and found neither a death nor a marriage for Ally within Kilkenny.  I’ve also just checked the NSW State Records website to see if maybe she had come to NSW but not listed there either.  So I wonder what happened to her. Did she die in childhood?  Did she marry in Ireland and then immigrant? Maybe she went to America with some of her Aunts or Uncles?  From the transcript of the ‘life and times of Thomas Quirke’, he wrote that  “My paternal Uncles and Aunts were all well educated. Some died young, and others emigrated to America”.

The baptism records that I got today are great in that they show some possible clues to some family.

  • On the Baptism record for Margaret Quirk (1838), sponsor 1 is Michael Quirk
  • On the Baptism record for Mary Quirk (1832), sponsor 1 is William Quirk
  • Also, of interest is that On the Baptism record for Catherine Quirk (1841), sponsor 1 is James Millet (the quirk family acted as agents for the landlord named Millet at Mount Nugent Estate)

I only know the names of four of the male children of James & Alice Quirke, 3 of which immigrated to NSW (Peter, Nicholas & Thomas) and John my GGG Grandfather, who died sometime prior 1850 in Kilkenny.  I’ll be looking forward to when I can also do a parent search in Tipperary, as James & Alice were married in Tipperary around 1798 (haven’t found the marriage yet). When I did a search within Kilkenny, I only got a hit for 3 baptisms, which I’m yet to purchase.

The name comes from the Gaelic “O’Cuirc”, another form is “O’Coirce”. In Galway, the name also took the form “Oates,” to distinguish between branches of families. Quirke in Gaelic sounds like the word for Oates in Gaelic. It was common for parish registers to have a person’s records include both spellings of Quirke and Quirk, if an unrelated person such as a neighbour was sent to register the birth, the name was not always spelled correctly.

James and Alice Quirke were married around 1796 at Tipperary, Ireland and soon after moved to Mount Nugent, St Johns Well, Kilkenny Ireland. Their children were:

Peter Quirke – (1798-1863)

John Quirke – (1814-c 1850)

Thomas Quirke (1821-1866)

Nicholas Quirke (details unknown)

They also had another 6 males and 2 females, of which details of their names are unknown . A few years ago, a distant cousin that I was in contact with, sent me a copy of a document that was written by Thomas Quirke (b:1834-d:1908) In this document Thomas writes about his life and experiences but the most interesting thing was that he wrote about his parents and grandparents.

Who were the Quirke’s who came to Australia

Many of the Quirke Family came out to Australia between 1849 & 1865. Of which my GGG Grandmother, Mary Quirk was one, who had arrived on the ship Athenian in 1853.

First Name Birth Date Native Place Ship Name Arrival Date Reel Numbers Comments
Margaret Quirk Abt 1828 Goran, St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland Victoria 2nd Sep 1849 Reel 2136, Reel 2460, [4/4915] Sister to James
James Quirk Abt 1824 Goran, St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland Victoria 2nd Sep 1849 Brother to Margaret
Peter Quirk Abt 1798 St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 6 Feb 1852 Reel 2136; Reel 2463, [4/4926] Father to Margaret & James above
Mary Quirk Abt 1814 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 6 Feb 1852 Wife of Peter Quirke, maiden name Connon
Michael Quirk Abt 1832 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 6 Feb 1852
John Quirk Abt 1835 Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 6 Feb 1852
Mary Quik Abt 1849 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 8 Feb 1852
Nicholas Quirk Abt 1839 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 8 Feb 1852
Thomas Quirk Abt 1834 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 8 Feb 1852
Peter Quirk Abt 1842 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Neptune 8 Feb 1852
Mary Quirk Abt 1831 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Athenian 15 Dec 1853 An Uncle Peter Quirk living in Sydney
Patrick Quirk Abt 1835 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland David McIver 18 Dec 1854 Reel 2137; Reel 2466, [4/4937] Sister Mary living in Sydney
Catherine Quirk Abt 1811 Tipperary, Ireland Matoaka 22 Jan 1857 Reel 2138; Reel 2476, [4/4970] Mother of Mary Quirke & Patrick, maiden name Slattery
Margaret Quirk Abt 1840 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Matoaka 22 Jan 1857
Catherine Quirk Abt 1842 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Matoaka 22 Jan 1857
Thomas Quirk Abt 1821 St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Nile 4 May 1861 Reel 2139, [4/4796] Brother to Peter Quirk
Mary Quirk Abt 1846 Lancaster, Lancashire, England Nile 4 May 1861
Johanna Quirk St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland Nile 4 May 1861 Mother of Mary Quirke & Wife of Thomas Quirke

A searchable index of the NSW Assistant Immigrants is available on the NSW State Records website.  You can also scroll through the digital copies of the Bounty Immigrants lists, 1838-96, ship by ship. These digital copies are the Agents Lists and the reels numbers range between 2134 & 2137. More detailed shipping lists can be found on the reels that begin with 24 and these can be found at your local library or at the NSW State Records.  These show more detail such as names of parents and comments such as ‘Uncle Peter Quirk, living in Sydney’.

1847 – 1864 Griffith’s Valuation

James Quirke acted as a landlord for a man named Millet at Mount Nugent. After James died his son John was appointed Agent for the landlord and held the position until he was accidentally killed by being crushed between a gate post and a vehicle.

County: Kilkenny

Parish: Rathcoole

Lessor: James Millet

Townland: MountNugent – Lower

Nicholas Quirle – Land. – Total net value of Land : £3.

Peter Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £18.5

William Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £13.10

Townland: MountNugent – Upper

Nicholas Quirke – Land. – Total net value of Land : £4

Catherine Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £3.5 – cannot be sure, but I think this Catherine is possibly the wife of John Quirke (who died prior to 1850).

Nicholas Quirke – House, Office &Land. – Total net value of Land : £21

Surname Saturday – Baldwin

Posted: July 11, 2010 in Surnames

One of my GG grandmothers, was Susan Baldwin.  She was around 1844 in Suffolk England to John & Sarah Baldwin.  Susan married William George Baker in 1863 at Woolwich Kent England.

William and Susan immigrated to New South Wales in1865 with their eldest son William. They had a total of 8 children.

  • William George (1864-1942)
  • Alfred (1866-1909)
  • Sarah (1868 – death date not known)
  • Albert Samuel (1870-1950)
  • Susan (1872-1899)
  • Emma (1874-1876)
  • Ernest (1876-1943
  • May (1879-1945)

Susan’s father was John Baldwin and he was born around 1805 in Suffolk and died in Sudbury Road, St Marys, Bures, Suffolk, England on the 28th June 1871.

Susan’s mother was Sarah (either Reason or Chambers – this is yet to be confirmed) and Sarah was born around 1804 in Boxford, Suffolk and died in Sudbury Road, St Marys Bures, Suffolk on the 4th June 1856.

Susan’s first husband William Baker died in Boggabri on the 1st December 1881. Susan married again in Henry Thearle in 1883 and they had 3 children.

  • Violet (1883-1955)
  • Henry (1885-1928)
  • Isabella (1887-1974)

Susan died at Boggabri on the 31st March 1920 and is buried in the Church of England Cemetery at Boggabri.

In researching my ancestors I have found the Trove website to be defintely worth a look as you never know what you may find.

Today I was doing a search and found some interesting information on my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph Dilworth.  He arrived in NSW on board the ship, Wilson, with his first Wife Eliza and young son Josias, in 1842.  They had a further 5 children before Eliza died in December 1856.  Joseph remarried again to Mary Quirk (my GG Grandmother) in March 1857 (less than 3 months after Eliza having died).

In January 1857 the following article appears:


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 12 January 1857, page 7

Two Brick Cottages and Slab Cottage, Stable, and Two Allotments of Land.

Mr. W. NEWELL has received instructions from Mr. Joseph Dilworth to sell on the above day, for cash, ‘

Two brick cottages, one 4 rooms, and tone 3 rooms, and 2 rooms in slab cottage, standing on a block of land 52 feet frontage by a depth of 80 feet, with a well of pure water, and well enclosed in, would bring in a rental of-60 per annum.

Also, at 12 o’clock,

All his household furniture and stock of groceries two carts, a first rate draught mare, harness, kitchen utensils, lot of pig”, and poultry.

Mr. W. N. would call the attention of intending/ buyers to this sale, as it will be a bona fide sale to the highest bidder for cash


Again in August & September of 1857, the following notice appears in the Sydney Morning Herald three times.

Brick House of Four Rooms, and an Allotment of Land, on the Kingston Estate, Newtown.

MR. W. NEWELL has received instructions from Mr. Joseph Dilworth, to sell by public auction, on the Ground, Australia-street, Kingston, on MONDAY next, the 7th day of September, at 11 o’clock. A good substantial brick house, consisting of large shop, 14 by 12 ; sitting-room, 12 by 10; bedroom. 12 by 10; kitchen, 14by 12; with verandah. On stone foundation ; on an allotment of land having 38 feet frontage by a depth of 83 feet; on which is erected a good stable, out-house, and a first-rate well of pure water. All enclosed in and paled, and being near to the Kingston Lodge Hotel. .

Mr. W. N. would call the attention of every class buyers to this snug property, as it one of the best stands on the Kingston for any line of business, and well finished throughout.

At 12 o’olock, all the furniture and effect  Title, first-rate. ,


I note the following information in relation to Kingston Lodge Hotel.

The Hotel was established in 1859 as the Kingston Lodge Hotel and was renamed the Court House Hotel in 1884

(and still stands on the corner of Australia & Lennox Streets Newtown).

What I’d like to do is search to see if the house that Joseph sold in 1857 also still stands today.

Will keep you posted.

John Shoulders

Posted: May 23, 2010 in Surnames
John Shoulders was my GGG Grandfather, who married Mary Ryan (or Hanratty) in 1851.According to John’s death certificate, he had been in the colony for 26 years, which would make his arrival to be around 1832. The only person with a surname of Shoulders that I have been able to find arriving in the colony around this time was Henry Shoulders, who had arrived on board the ship ” Planter” with a life sentence, he was assigned to Mr Buchannon (ref: 4⁄4017).

I have as yet, not been able to find any other record of any other ‘Shoulders’ arriving in NSW.
Variant Spellings that I have come across are: Shoulders, Shoulder, Showler, Showlder

With Henry dying in 1865 and John in 1856, it’s confirmed that they are not the same person but were they related somehow? Did Henry bring out his family? Or did John use an alias?

Also, there could be a connection with the a James Shoulder alias, James Showlder who was born in AYLESBURY, Buckinghamshire and served in the 11th Dragoons. (Date range: 1817-1838). He was 38 at the time (UK National Archives Reference: WO 97/120/95).

My GGG Grandmother, Mary Ryan or Hanratty, was born in the mid 1830′s at Dungog, New South Wales. No record of her birth has been found. According to her death certificate in 1909, her father’s name was Arthur Hanratty (Pig Merchant).

The following information is everything that I have been able to find on ‘Arthur Hanratty’. I am yet to establish if he was Mary’s father but investigations show he was living in the Dungog area in 1841.

  • Robert or Arthur Hanratty was born about 1806/1808 in Armagh Ireland. He came to New South Wales, on board the convict ship ‘Mangles 5’ in 1827. His name in is listed as Robert Hauraltly.
  • In 1834, Robert is listed in the Convicts Applications to marry Ellenaor Hanratty (alias Moran). The application was granted. From the marriage index it shows ‘Robert or Arthur Hanratty per Mangles 5 to Ellen Hanratty per Edward alias Moran, were joined in together in wedlock by me this 19th Day of September 1834 at Sydney.
  • From checking both the indents for Robert & Ellen, they were both tried at Monaghan, Ireland on the 7th August 1827. Robert was convicted of pick pocketing and Ellen for stealing money.
  • Robert Hanratty alias Johnston received a Certificate of Freedom on the 25th August 1834, (per Mangles (5).
  • We next locate an Arthur Hanratty in the State Records – CSreLand index. Item 2/7874 Reel 1136. This shows that he purchased two lots of land at Clarencetown. This is confirmed from the details in the Sydney Gazette dated 24/4/1841 and the deeds are dated: Deeds dated 25th February, 1841. Item 28 Arthur Hanraty. 2 roads, Clarence town lot and iItem 29 Ditto, 2 roads, ditto, lot 1
  • In the Hunter Valley Directory of 1841, Arthur is listed at: St Leonards, Dungong , purchased lands at Clarence Town.
  • It’s also noted that in the same Hunter Valley directory a Robert Johnston is listed at Boatfall, Dungong District. Maybe this is just a co-incidence.
  • From they Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser (NSW: 1803-1842 – date: 17th March 1842 – Arthur Henrietty and two other men (James Cox & Richard Cox) were indicated under a charge of feloniously killing and carrying away one cow, the property of Mr. Thomas Holmes, at a place called Russell Farm. Verdict not guilty.
  • The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803-1842) – Thursday 17 March 1842 – Arthur Henreity -indicted for feloniously stealing and killing, with the intent to carry away, three cows, the property of Mr Richard Lang. Arthur pleaded not guilty. The jury, after a short absence, returned a verdict of guilty. Sentence, fourteen years transporation.
  • After checking the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence microfiche (1826-1872) I find the following information in reference to Robert Hanratty. A look at the original documents at the State Records office at Kingswood shows:
  • Item: 4/2638.5: 27th January 1844 – Robert Hanratty alias Johnston (Mangles 5), listed on a list of 50 prisoners being transferred from Cockatoo Island to Norfolk Island on the ship ‘The Duke of Richmond’. Sentence 14 years: Tried: 9th March 1842. I have yet to find any information on when Robert arrived at Cockatoo Island but from looking at the sentence and the trial date, that this is the same person as the Arthur Henreity that was convicted of killing the 3 cows. The ship ‘The Duke of Richmond’ was a convict ship that arrived in Hobart on the 2nd January 1844 with 111 convicts from England. The ship then left Hobart and arrived in Sydney on its way to Norfolk Island.
  • Item: 4/2658: 13th May 1844 – List of Prisoners employed as Domestic Servants to officers at Norfolk Island. Name of Officer: Rev William Welch, Name of Servant: Robert Hanratty.
  • Now this is where things are a little tricky. The following is in relation to an Arthur Hanratty (alias Arthur Clarke). Arthur Hanratty is listed with an Eliza Hanratty in 1856 on the Deposition Papers and convicted of Horse Stealing at Maitland. I am yet to find out what sentence Eliza received or what connection she had to Arthur but Arthur received a 5 year sentence ‘on the roads’.
  • After checking the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence microfiche (1826-1872), I find the following information for Arthur Hanratty (alias Clarke). Item: 4/3382: Arthur Hanratty, alias Clarke is listed on a list of prisoners at Cockatoo Island who were considered for ‘convict indulgence’ during the month of July 1858. Arthur Hanratty: Ship: Indian Ocean, Tried: Maitland, When Tried: 14th May 1856,Offence: Horse Stealing and stealing a cart, Sentence: 5 years to be served concurrently,District to which Ticket of Leave to be issued: Goulburn Item: 4/507: 6th August 1863 – Petition of Arthur Clark or Hanratty a Prisoner at Cockatoo Island for release of his sentence after 3 years and 9 months. States his conduct has been good. He arrived at Cockatoo Island on the 9th October 1859.
  • NSW Police Gazette 1863 – Arthur Clarke or Hanratty, per “Indian Ocean,” 1853; convicted at the Criminal Court, Sydney, on 3rd October, 1859, of horse-stealing, and stealing a cart, and sentenced to 5 years on the roads ; again convicted at the Maitland Quarter Sessions, on the 14th May, 1856, on two charges of horse-stealing, and sentenced to 5 years to the roads, to be served concurrently.
  • In 1863, Arthur Clarke’s (alias Hanratty), Tickets-of-Leave was cancelled.
  • From the 1864 NSW Police Gazette: Arthur ANDREWS alias HANRATTY convicted on 2 counts of horse stealing. From Dr. Harris and Mr OAKES both of Parramatta. Tried April 1864 at Maitland Circuit Court, sentenced to 3years hard labour at Maitland Gaol. This is also located on the NLA Website ( Article 1 and Article 2).

General Comments

  • Are Robert Hanratty alias Arthur Hanratty (Mangles 5, who arrived in 1827) and Arthur Hanratty (Indian Ocean – 1853), the same person? They were of the same age, they lived in the same area in New South Wales, and were both born around the same time in County Armagh, Ireland.
  • From the Police Gazette in 1863 Arthur Hanratty, alias Clarke stated that he had arrived as an immigrant to Portland Bay in the year 1853. Checking the shipping indexes, the Indian Ocean arrived in 1854 to Portland Bay and there is no record of an Arthur Clarke, Arthur Hanratty, or Robert Hanratty (or various spellings) listed as a passenger on the Indian Ocean.

Next Steps

  • What happened to Robert Hanratty after his arrival at Norfolk Island in 1844?
  • Did he finish his sentence?
  • Did he receive a pardon, ticket of leave?
  • Did he return to New South Wales and if so, how? Or did he end up in Victoria and change his name to ‘Clarke’?
  • Eliza Hanratty convicted Horse Stealing in 1856, was she sent to H M Parramatta Gaol? A child named Robert Hanratty (parents Arthur & Eliza) died aged 2 at H M Parramatta in 1857. He was apparently born in Melbourne but a search of the Melbourne BDM indexes found no reference to a birth of a Robert Hanratty (or variant spellings) around 1855. So was Robert the son of Arthur & Eliza Hanratty who were convicted of Horse Stealing in 1856?